International Conference on Evolving Cities

(ICEC 2022)

University of Southampton, 13 – 15 July 2022

Hybrid conference 

The 3rd International Conference on Evolving Cities (ICEC 2022) had over  150 delegates who participated either online and in-person. The conference chairs would like to take this opportunity to thank the participants for helping to make ICEC2022 a success. 

In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27 conference in Egypt), ICEC 2022 brought together leading academics, policy-makers, regional and non-governmental organisations and the private sector to debate the major role of cities in tackling the climate crisis and accelerating the transition to net-zero carbon. These issues are reflected in the below conference themes.

Over the course of the three days of the ICEC2022, there were 11 keynotes48 oral presentations and 10 posters by delegates from over 60 international and national organisations (see ICEC 2022 Book of Abstracts). Session topics covered planning and policy, low carbon comfort, artificial intelligence, modelling and local/community/municipal responses and solutions to sustainability targets. Participants were able to discuss ways to develop multi-stakeholder partnerships and implement innovative solutions to propel our cities towards healthier and low carbon pathways. 

Keynote Speakers

Laura Bishop 

Chair – Ground Source Heat Pump Association

Chris Cooper

KnowNow Information Ltd, UK

Paul Copping 

Chief Technology Officer, Fawley Waterside 

Lord Toby Harris

Chair of the National Preparedness Commission

Dr. Charlotte Johnson

Head of Research Programmes at the Centre for Sustainable Energy

Cllr Satvir Kaur

Leader of Southampton City Council

Eng. Isaac Kiva

Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works, Kenya

Dr Jens Madrian

Executive Director NEOM Energy

Chitra Nadarajah 

Head of Climate Change and Environmental Strategy at Hampshire County Council

Prof Alan Penn

Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, University College London

Prof Nick Tyler

Director of UCL Centre for Transport Studies, University College London

Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister for Energy and the Green New Deal

Alongside the main conference sessions, ICEC hosted a Residential Heating Forum to discuss available engineering solutions for residential heating, considering aspects such as housing typology, scalability, inclusivity and the impact on energy networks. This was undertaken by a panel representing the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Hampshire County Council, Switched on Portsmouth and the Environment Centre (tEC).

The Centenary Building (B100) on Highfield Campus at the University of Southampton provided an excellent space for the conference with the facilities allowing for the successful real-time filming, production and broadcast of the proceedings online through our virtual event platform. A separate area provided space for the poster exhibition and for delegates to network (see photo gallery).

Conference Awards

A closing award ceremony took place with five sponsored awards. The gold rating for the best presentation award (sponsored by the Open access Journal Energies) was awarded to Eleonora Baccega, from University of Ferrara, for her presentation ‘Improvement of building envelope performance through phase change materials (PCMs): Results of experimental activities’. The silver and bronze rating awards, sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, were awarded to Maria Jangsten from Chalmers University of Technology for her presentation on ‘District Cooling – assessment of price models supporting the efficiency’’ and Gregory Sewell, University of Southampton for his presentation on ‘Utilising children as agents of change to reduce heating use in domestic dwellings’. Two poster prizes, Best Poster and Best Poster Pitch Video, also sponsored by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, were awarded to Rebecca Presswood, University of Southampton for ‘Stainless steel composite beams for sustainable bridge construction’ and to Amblessed Akam and Breanna Vekeria ,both from University of Southampton, for their poster pitches entitled ‘A specification for a low-cost housing solution for the slum community in Bargia, Lagos’ and ‘Investigation of a pure hydrogen pipeline for the Solent region’.

Conference abstracts

The conference abstracts will be compiled in an ICEC 2022 book of abstracts which will be published shortly. Abstract authors are invited to submit their papers for the ICEC 2022 conference proceedings and also special issues of the supporting journals.

Message from the Chairs


Prof AbuBakr Bahaj

Dr Stephanie Gauthier

After the successful conferences in 2019 & 2021 we are pleased that we received plenty of positive feedback with encouragements to sustain the conference in the years to come. We thank all those that contributed to the Conference, either virtually or in person and we look forward to welcoming you to the next International Conference on Evolving Cities in 2023.

ICEC 2022 awards

An award ceremony took place, awarding cash prizes for the best presentaions and posters at ICEC 2022 sponsored by Energies and IET. See ICEC 2022 award gallery.

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